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Overview

Venture beneath the lofty churches and bustling city streets of Rome to discover the ancient mysteries of the Domitilla catacombs. Follow in the footsteps of early Christians as you explore this underground network of tunnels and burial chambers, and marvel at the macabre and astonishing art created by thousands of monks’ skeletons at the Capuchin Crypt. You’ll also discover thousands of years of spirituality at an underground Mithraic temple, a pagan sanctuary buried under the famous Basilica of St. Clement.
  • 3-hour tour of Rome's underground mysteries
  • Uncover spiritual secrets and ancient archaeology beneath the city streets
  • Marvel at art created from thousands of skulls and bones at the Capuchin Crypt
  • Descend beneath the medieval Basilica of St. Clement
  • See where some of the earliest Christians gathered in the ruins of a pagan Mithraic temple
  • Wander through a labyrinth of tunnels and burial chambers in the ancient Domitilla catacombs
Meet your guide at the Circus Maximus metro stop in the morning, and begin your underground journey with a visit to the Capuchin Crypt — a powerfully macabre meditation on life and death maintained by Franciscan monks for more than 500 years. Wander through vaulted chambers filled with the skeletal remains of countless friars, arranged over the centuries into incredible displays of wall and ceiling art.

Continue on to the medieval Basilica of St. Clement, built atop thousands of years of spiritual history. Venture beneath the church to the remains of a 4th-century Romanesque basilica, in turn built atop a 1st-century temple to the pagan deity Mithras. This unique layered archaeology allows you to view the physical evolution of Christianity, from its earliest clandestine formation.

Make a final descent beneath the city streets into the Domitilla catacombs—- Rome’s oldest and best preserved catacombs, and the only labyrinth to still contain human remains. Learn about the history of this extensive network of tunnels and burial chambers, abandoned during the Middle Ages and only recently rediscovered in the 16th century. Feel the weight of history as you admire 2nd-century frescoes and step into a captivating underground basilica, before saying farewell to you guide back in the daylight.

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J
, Nov 2018

Francesca was an excellent guide. Very good English, knowledgeable about the sites (which are amazing, must see), the city, and its history. They ran the tour even though there were only 2 of us. When I called the tour operator with a question, the person who answered the phone spoke good English, too. None of the sites allow photographs, so leave the big cameras in the hotel safe.

S
, Jan 2018

Really good guide - they still ran the tour even though there was only 2 of us


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